For days the press raged on about the sexism being piled against the BBCs Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg. 38Degrees then took down the petition that had started the who thing off citing abusive sexist quotes on Twitter and Facebook. David Cameron even got in on the act but of course that is par for the course for out PR seeking PM. Then Craig Murray challenged the argument. He contacted 38Degrees to ask them for references to the tweets the transcript of this conversation can be read here As is shown in the transcript 38Degrees could not supply any links. Craig gives an in-depth analysis of the entire episode here.
The petition signed by 35,000 people disappeared from the 38Degrees site. Based on the number of people used to conduct a survey, just over a thousand, it would be reasonable to argue that 35,000 signatures represented a depth of feeling by a large number of people against the political bias demonstrated by Kuenssburg in favour of the Tory Party and the negative reporting by this Political Editor against the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn in particular. However the Tory Party and our right-wing press managed to turn the focus away from the agenda of bias and on to a fictitious sexist one. How often have we seen this manipulation of facts that challenge these two groups in the past.
So following the days of press coverage about the fictitious sexism story did the press rush forward with the hot news that the whole thing had been made up. That David Cameron had once again chosen the wrong horse. That 38Degrees had removed the petition despite clearly having neither seen or been given any evidence of sexism. In fact they admit themselves there was no such comments on their site by any of the 35,000 that signed the petition.
As stated in AnotherAngryVoice post on the matter ‘One of the worst things from 38 Degrees perspective is that by deleting the petition they handed ammunition to the likes of David Cameron and Lucy Allan (the disgusting Tory liar who got caught out fabricating a death threat in order to harvest public sympathy) to attack Jeremy Corbyn with at Prime Minister’s Questions.’/
Interesting how in the end it all turned out to be Jeremy Corbyn’s fault isn’t it.